© Cheryl Frances-Hoad 2019

I'll Have the Whetstone

For Soprano and Recorders (1 player)
2017 ( 3 minutes)

Commissioned by John Turner for Gordon Crosse's 80th Birthday concert at The Martin Harris Centre, Manchester University, 22nd October 2017. Premiered by Lesley-Jane Rogers (soprano) and John Turner (Soprano, Treble and Tenor recorders).

Programme note

I'll have the Whetstone for soprano and recorder was written especially for Gordon on his 80th Birthday. When trying to find a text to set for the work, John Turner suggested I turn to The Guizer by one of Gordon's longtime friends, Alan Garner. In fact this book, which is a collection of stories about fools (!) was dedicated to Gordon! The anonymous folk poem that I chose immediately appealed to me and I had great fun setting the whimsical lines!

© Cheryl Frances-Hoad, 2017

Text

I'll Have the Whetstone

Hey, hey, hey, hey!

I'll have the whetstone if I may. 

I saw a dog soaking souse, 

And an ape thatching a house, 

And a pudding eating a mouse. 

I'll have the whetstone if I may. 

I saw a hedgehog shape and sew, 

And another bake and brew, 

Scour the pots till they looked like new. 

I'll have the whetstone if I may.

I saw a codfish corn sow, 

And a worm a whistle blow,

And a magpie pummel a crow. 

I'lll have the whetstone if I may.

I saw a kipper drag a harrow, 

And yet another push a barrow, 

And a herring shoot an arrow. 

I'll have the whetstone if I may. 

I saw a wild pig faggots bind, 

And a frog wool-skeins unwind, 

And a toad fine mustard grind. 

I'll have the whetstone if I may. 

I saw a sow bear kerchiefs to wash;

The second had a hedge to plash'

The third went to the barn to thrash.

I'll have the whetstone if I may. 

I saw an egg scoffing a pie, 

Give me drink, my mouth is dry!

It's no time since I told a lie.

I'll have the whetstone if I may. 


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